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Falls Retreat B & B
Ranked #3 of 5 Lesmurdie B&B and Inns
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Arriving in the afternoon the temperature was 39 degrees Celsius. We were shown to our room, the Lesmurdie Suite. It was stiflingly hot. I nearly fainted. The room had just been cleaned after the previous occupant, windows were opened to air the room. That brought in the hot air and naturally, with no aircon or fan on, the air was still.
Our Lesmurdie suite is a large room divided into a sitting room and a bedroom. In the sitting room there is also a small kitchenette area with a sofa bed. The owners have got this prepared for us as we have requested a bed each. However there is no aircon in the bedroom, only in the sitting room. There is also a ceiling fan in the sitting room but nothing in the bedroom. The pool was very cold even with the hot sun. Also it needed a good clean. Slight confusion over breakfast. On the third day, our planned breakfast for 0800, was 15 minutes late. It’s fine if you don’t have an appointment, but we did have an appointment in Perth city and it was at least half an hour’s drive into the city.
A few suggestions as follows: Complimentary mineral bottles of water could be provided, especially as the weather was extremely hot. 39 to 40 degrees C upon arrival. (we were offered coffee but it never came). Also a safety box might be useful and I don’t think there was any need to have breakfast in the room. It would have been quicker for us to have breakfast in the breakfast room whereby we don’t have to wait for it. A part-time helper could ease the amount of work especially during peak times as the owners were running around like headless chickens. Oh, there is a fish tank in the bathroom to look at and them to look at you while you are in the bathroom and sitting on the toilet!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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mary111, Manager at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Perth does experience hot weather over which we have no control, apart from providing air conditioning and roof insulation. These guests arrived early and we were still airing the apartment from guests the night before. We do not use chemical air fresheners nor do we switch air conditioning on for hours before guests arrive especially when we do not know their arrival time. The disparaging remarks such as "headless chooks" are really unnecessary . A few guests lack courtesy and this is obvious from these remarks.
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2012

we rang last minute to see if room was available , we were offered the angel suite which was very clean, well presented and greeted with a fresh smell. Jeanette was very pleasant and very accommodating. Unfortunately due to a storm the power was out on arrival but was back on by 10 pm.The room was clean and bed very comfortable having had a bad experience in the previous b an b it was refreshing to stay here for 2 nights. Would definitely recommmend it and would like to come back sometime..

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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mary111, Owner at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you Ethan and Nicole.We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The Angel apartment is only 4 years old and is extremely private. It was a pity that the power was out due to severe storms when you arrived but we managed with torches.Fortunately power was soon restored.
We would be happy to welcome you back any time.
Kindest regards,
Jenette & Peter
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2012

We wanted to finish our 3 week WA holiday with 4 nights in Perth.
We chose the Falls Retreat as it was a more economic option than staying in the CBD and not all that far from the many things we wanted to see.
We chose a guest room (Victoria). We slept very well. Had to share the bathroom with the next room. Not a problem and it has just been recently renovated to a high standard.
Peter & Jeanette were most welcoming and we had many good conversations about what to see in the Hills and in Perth.
Breakfasts met our expectations and were well prepared with Jeanette making sure that we were able to get away to our day's adventures on time.
The Falls are definitely worth seeing - not many places where you can view a big waterfall and then look across to the CBD in the distance.
We were glad that we chose this B&B.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mary111, Manager at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you Mark. We really enjoyed your company too. Thanks for your very positive review and we are so glad that you both enjoyed your holiday and found our bed and breakfast to be within your travel budget. Best wishes to you both.
Jenette & Peter
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2012

This is a great place to experience the ambiance of the Perth hills. We stayed for about a week and it was great to wake up to the sound of birds and nothing else. If you hear traffic its a car. The beds were comfortable, the breakfasts good and the hosts hospitable and the fish tank in the bathroom was a nice touch. Would I stay here again? Definately. Should you give it a try? Yes.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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mary111, Manager at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our bed and breakfast. Having lived in the Perth hills for almost 23 years we truly believe that this is a special place in which we are privileged to live. Fortunately most of our guests agree with us.
Take care,
Jenette & Peter
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed at the Falls recently, Excellent location,nice rooms and delicious breakfasts.
The only negative comment that I have is I think Jeanette is overworked and a bit stressed and needs a good holiday! All in all we had a great weekend!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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mary111, Owner at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thanks for your review. It was a very busy weekend when you stayed with full occupancy. We are glad that you enjoyed our unique hills location. Kindest regards,
Jenette & Peter
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Our experience at this accommodation was of a very poorly serviced so-called suite. The dirt in places was totally unacceptable, especially given the cost. I would never advise anyone to stay here because of this. The worktops had been given a cursory wipe, so the previous occupants' food waste was still in evidence. Inside the microwave was disgusting. The floor was filthy in places, badly swept and mopped (had it ever seen a mop, I wonder?). The bedroom floor wasn't much better. A thick layer of dust lay over many areas which clearly hadn't been vacumned in an age. The sheets on the beds were probably washed - let's not go there - but had, let's call it, washing line debris on them. They certainly hadn't been ironed. Sleep was poor as a result. I couldn't wait to leave.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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mary111, Owner at Falls Retreat B & B, responded to this review, November 4, 2011
Thanks for your review. As noted in your review our sheets are unironed but are always changed after each guest. Pillowcases are always ironed. To suggest that our premises does not change sheets after each guest is incorrect and highly offensive.Cleaning is carried out after each occupancy and takes several hours. Our prices are very reasonable by Perth standards. To give you an example I stayed in an Perth beachside apartment 6 years ago where the cost was $200 per night and you had to take out your own garbage and clean the kitchen area or a $50 charge was added to your bill. Our prices are still well under $200 for a family of four to stay a night.
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Property: Falls Retreat B & B
Address: 45 Falls Rd, Lesmurdie, Western Australia 6076, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth Hills > Lesmurdie
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Lesmurdie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Falls Retreat B & B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Tourism Accredited star rated bed and breakfast is owner operated and has been in business since October 2002. With 4 rooms( 2 of them fully appointed apartments)the accommodation can cater for up to 12 people at a time. Free parking, free internet, non-smoking rooms, breakfast available, heated outdoor spa( all year round), seasonal swimming pool, outdoor barbeque area. Taxi pickups can be pre-booked as we also operate a Business Class Silver Service taxi. Apartments rated 4 stars, house rooms 3.5 stars. ... more   less 
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